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Mark Harrison

Mark Harrison B.Sc. (Hons) FSA

National Policing & Crime Advisor, English Heritage

Mark joined the Metropolitan Police in 1980 where he gained experience in patrol, traffic and public order policing. In 1988, Mark transferred to his home county of Kent where he specialised in the investigation of rural and vehicle-related crime.

On promotion to Sergeant in 1999, Mark assumed responsibility for the Neighbourhood Policing Team for Whitstable and Herne Bay where he was able to develop partnership approaches to reduce crime. In 2000 Mark graduated from Canterbury Christchurch University – Policing and Management of Crime.

In 2002, Mark was promoted to the rank of inspector and assumed responsibility for the development and delivery of partnerships and interventions to reduce crime in rural communities, offending by young people and anti-social behaviour.

In 2003, Mark was appointed as the policing advisor to the Home Office Anti-Social Behaviour Unit was involved in the development and delivery of a national training
programme for practitioners involved in the investigation of crime and anti-social behaviour.

In 2005, Mark developed a range of products to prevent and investigate rural and environmental crime. This included the recruitment of a dedicated police officer to coordinate the policing response to crimes relating to Kent’s environment, wildlife and heritage.

In 2006, Mark was promoted to Chief Inspector with responsibility for the management and coordination of partnership working and crime reduction for Kent Police.
Key work-streams included: Metal Theft Strategy, Heritage Crime training and the Volunteer Recruitment Programme.

In 2008, Mark became the District Commander for Canterbury District and included the policing of the World Heritage Sites of St Martin’s Church, St Augustine’s Abbey and Canterbury Cathedral.

In 2010, Mark was seconded as the policing advisor to English Heritage in order to develop and deliver and implement the Heritage Crime Initiative and the Alliance to Reduce Crime against Heritage.

In June 2011 Mark was appointed by the University of Kent as an Honorary Research Fellow, attached to Classical and Archaeological Studies within the School of European Culture and Languages.

In November 2011 Mark was elected as a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

In June 2012, Mark was appointed as the National Policing and Crime Advisor for English Heritage and is responsible for the management of the Heritage Crime Programme.

Married with two grown-up children, Mark enjoys music and sailing and working as a community archaeologist in his hometown of Whitstable.

February 2010